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5 love notes to my grand-mother

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in kindness stories

I originally posted this story on the Help Others website in June of 2007.   It received a lot of touching comments over the following few months, and then I forgot all about it.   So imagine my surprise when four years later, out of the blue, on October 11, 2011, I noticed that the headline of the Smile Newsletter which had just landed in my inbox was ‘5 Love Notes to My Grand-mother.”   I clicked on the link out of curiosity, and was really moved to discover that the story had been read by over 7,000 thousand people. June...

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what I really want to write about…

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in free writing

What I really want to write about is what it feels like to follow life, what happens when we stop controlling, strategizing, planning or directing, when we open to listening, risking and experimenting, when we are willing to embrace our fear of not knowing, and allow what comes next, by letting our energy guide our steps. What I want to write about is my body, and the wild ride I have been on since I have let go of my ideas of what I thought was good for me, since I started tracking and trusting my sensations and intuitions, and how life wants...

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a hammock made of golden threads

Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 in free writing

In October of 2011, I had a beautiful 3-way skype conversation with my friends Jane Brunette, who founded Writing from the Soul, and Clare Dakin who started Tree Sisters.  The three of us were spanning three continents, and many time zones, that day.  Jane had just woken up in her forest cabin in the mountains of Ecuador.  Clare was taking a break from a roller coaster work day in the hills of Gloucestershire in Western England.  And I was enjoying the quiet of the night in my little Balinese nest, perched on the top floor of a little...

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yude andiko

Posted by on Mar 11, 2012 in kindred spirits, portraits

I love watching him play guitar, and hearing him sing.  His hands move gracefully up and down the fretboard like spiders, while his beautiful voice vibrates people’s heart strings.  Yude is a magical being, with a wise soul, and a wicked sense of humor.   It would be hard not to love him.  He just walks straight into your heart, smiles, and settles in.  A bit of a nomad, originally from Java in Indonesia, he could probably be happy anywhere, as long as he can keep moving.  He was 19 year-old when he left his native island to work...

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The wondrous world of wordpress

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in roadmaps | 0 comments

I love beautiful websites. For years, I kept wanting to learn how to design them, but it felt like a daunting task, so I would just keep that dream on my “some day” list. In the meanwhile, I kept diligent track of sites that moved or inspired me, like Ashes and Snow.  And then, in the winter of 2009-2010, I started dating a yoga teacher who also worked as a web designer, and this seemed like life’s perfect invitation to learn!  He patiently started to teach me how to use Dreamweaver, but we didn’t get very far,...

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When the dance claims you

Posted by on Jan 7, 2012 in random sparks, videos

When the dance claims you, “it is almost like riding on the back of a horse.  At some point you are really floating on air and barely touching the saddle.  Something propels you.” I love that ‘something’ and that moment when life just breaks free and explodes with vitality.  I cannot get enough of this Dances of Ecstasy video which I found on my friend Adam Barley‘s beautiful...

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Staying with the question

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in inquiries, notes and essays

I want to ask you, as clearly as I can, to bear with patience all that is unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves, as if they were rooms yet to enter or books written in a foreign language…  Live the questions now, perhaps then, someday, you will gradually, without noticing, live into the answer.   Rilke One of the things I like to do when I wrestle with a particular challenge is find the question that underlies the issue, and simply stay with it, and feel it, without trying to fetch an answer, just letting...

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The radiance sutras

Posted by on Dec 16, 2011 in book & film reviews, radiance sutras

I entered the magical world of the Radiance Sutras in the summer of 2006 while attending a yoga teacher training with Shiva Rea at Kripalu in Western Massachusetts.  We were lying down in savasana (corpse pose) after an intense two hour long practice, and Shiva was guiding our descent into stillness.  After we all settled into a deeply relaxed and receptive state, she started reading a stunning sutra from an ancient sanskrit text called the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra.  I was mesmerized both by the slow rhythm and sensual tone of her voice,...

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saskia shakin

Posted by on Dec 4, 2011 in kindred spirits

Saskia is one of these luminous beings that you can’t help noticing in a crowd because she exudes so much joy.  I met her in August of 2009 at a Radiance Sutras retreat with Lorin Roche.   On the last day, she and I sat outdoors for lunch in a stunning part of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, overlooking lake Mahkeenac and miles of forest.  And we dove into a soulful conversation which has been unfolding ever since.  Saskia is a public speaking coach who has helped many leaders and academics find their authentic speaking voice,...

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Spreading smiles around the world

Posted by on Nov 30, 2011 in kindness stories

There are many ways we can make a difference in the world.  One of the most fun and fulfilling for me is to do spontaneous acts of kindness, with a big emphasis on the “spontaneous” part of it — more about why later.  After meeting Nipun Mehta in 2005, at a gathering in Colorado about Love, Evolution and Philanthropy, I felt inspired to join Help Others (later renamed Kindspring), an online community of folks who enjoy doing random acts of kindness and then share these stories on the site to inspire each...

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